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Although Eric Martin} is best-known as the lead singer of rock} quartet Mr. Big}, he was a seasoned music veteran before that outfit in 1988. Born on October 10, 1960, in Long Island, NY, Martin} moved often during his childhood due to his father's career as an Army officer. When the family settled in San Francisco in 1976, Martin} formed the band 415} with some high school friends. The band became a popular local draw, eventually opening for acts like Billy Squier}, Molly Hatchet}, and the Marshall Tucker Band}, while still an unsigned act. Signed to Elektra Records}, 415} changed its name to Eric Martin Band} and issued the debut Sucker for a Pretty Face} in 1983. Despite continuing to land high-profile gigs as support for some of the most popular acts at the time, such as Night Ranger} and Journey}, the album received a fairly tepid reception and the band split up in 1985. Martin} contributed the track "I Can't Stop the Fire"} to the movie soundtrack Teachers} and released a self-titled solo album in 1985, which spawned a minor pop} hit with "Information."} In 1988, Martin} joined forces with bass player Billy Sheehan}, guitarist Paul Gilbert}, and drummer Pat Torpey} to form Mr. Big}. The reputations of the players, particularly amongst fellow musicians, generated immediate interest and the band was signed to Atlantic Records} in 1989. Recording three albums for the label in the late '80s/early '90s, Martin} found success as Mr. Big} had several pop} hits, including "Just Take My Heart,"} a cover of Cat Stevens}' "Wild World,"} and the number one "To Be With You,"} but they could never fully capitalize on their momentum in the States. They did retain a fervent following in Japan right up through the end of the decade. A second solo effort by Martin}, Somewhere in the Middle}, wasn't given a release in the U.S., but proved to be a strong seller in Japan and in late 2000, Spitfire Records} released I'm Only Fooling Myself}. ~ Tom Demalon, All Music Guide

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